I can identify the green lettuce at the bottom, but not the physical matter under the red maraschino cherry. I happened upon this on Open Rice for a popular Western cuisine restaurant in Central, Hong Kong.

  1. What are the gray lumps?

  2. What white dressing is this?

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    The American food that looks most like that is either macaroni salad or potato salad. And the thing on top could be a cherry tomato rather than a cherry. But if you want to know what's actually shown in the photo, you'd have to visit the restaurant or find a detailed menu online.
    – The Photon
    Aug 5, 2020 at 2:35
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    Clicking through to the restaurant's menu, and assuming this is the "deluxe club sandwich", apparently that is what they call french fries.
    – The Photon
    Aug 5, 2020 at 2:40

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This is potato salad, cubes of cooked (boiled) potato in a dressing of mayonnaise. If you are looking to replicate this, the typical cha chaan teng (茶餐廳) style potato salad might have some sweetened condensed milk, something like a 4:1 ratio of mayonnaise to condensed milk. Also, the garnish appears to be half of a cherry tomato, rather than a maraschino cherry.

  • The shape of the lumps is quite unlike a regular potato salad - the pieces are strangely curved.
    – Stephie
    Aug 5, 2020 at 7:22
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    @Stephie potatoes are round, so the curved pieces are from the side of the potatoes.
    – Max
    Aug 5, 2020 at 12:10
  • @Max of course, but some (multiple) pieces seem to be curved twice - like a fat ‘C’ or celery stalks. (But without the ridges.)
    – Stephie
    Aug 5, 2020 at 12:13
  • @Stephie Possibly pear or apple (coated in mayonnaise)?
    – Debbie M.
    Aug 5, 2020 at 16:41
  • @DebbieM. I never knew you can put mayonnaise or dressing on fruits???
    – user91594
    Aug 9, 2020 at 4:04

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